Clause 10 - Compensation

Part of Anti-social Behaviour Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 6 May 2003.

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Photo of James Paice James Paice Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 6:45, 6 May 2003

I am grateful for what the Minister has just said. I was not advocating that someone who had been involved in the supply or use of drugs should be eligible for compensation. My concern is the other way round: that someone should be able to apply for compensation and should not be debarred because ownership and leasing of the property could be construed as connection with use. Is the Minister confirming that ownership of the property is irrelevant to its use? In other words, is he confirming that unless the owner has been complicit in the use, simple ownership cannot be construed as any form of responsibility for the use?